Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

    Friday, November 28 - 30, 2014

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Startup Weekend Bolzano-Bozen - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

Friday, November 28 - 30, 2014

Friday, November 28 - 30, 2014
Event starts at 7:00 pm

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Piazza Università 1
Bolzano, Italy 39100

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Build your business startup for social innovation! REGISTRATION DESK: MAIN ENTRANCE UNIVERSITY BUILDING!

Learn to build your startup as an entrepreneur and ignite societal change by using the power of entrepreneurship to solve some of the most challenging and interesting social and environmental problems! Be part of 54 hours of great fun! Drinks and food included for the whole event!

Startup Weekend returns in Bolzano-Bozen!
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 600 cities around the world, gathering people together for a weekend long of workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders business angels and venture capitalists. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Is this event for you? The theme of this Startup Weekend is “business startups for social innovation”: we want you to put your creativity at work in designing your business venture which creates value by solving tough societal issues. We encourage the participation of people coming fro m the world of business startups, as well as from non-profit organizations, traditional social sectors and the public sector. We look forward for such cross-fertilization to ignite the creation of social innovation ventures focused in finding sustainable solutions to big societal problems. Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law).

What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend.

AWARDS. Winning teams of the final pitch competition will be awarded:
1st prize: free hosting of your project for 1 year at TIS Innovation Park + 6-month Stamplay premium account
2nd and 3rd prizes: free admission to the 2015 TIS Startup Project + 6-month Stamplay premium account
4th prize: free stand to present your idea at the Bolzano Exhibition Centre+ 1-month Stamplay premium account.

The event will be held in English.

The event in short:
Where: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (co-organizer)
When: Friday Evening (Nov 28th) to Sunday Evening (Nov 30th) – see schedule below
What: Present you entrepreneurial idea, meet interesting people, organize your team, access to resources for your project, tap into the expertise of expert coaches, win exciting prizes!
Who: Experts, Entrepreneur Wannabies, Developers, Designers, University Students and everyone else with entrepreneurial ideas
How much: Only 60 € for the whole weekend including meals and drinks! 30 € (50% discount) for Software Developers, Designers, Euregio University Students and UniBZ Alumni, Workers or Volunteers in non profit organizations (e.g., cooperatives, charities), Workers in social ventures, workers in the public sector.

• Accomodation: Sleep over at the University. Bring your sleeping bag and a mat for a head start into the morning or a quick nap after a long night’s work…


Friday November 28th

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:45 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 29th

9:00 am
Breakfast & Speech
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm
Lunch & Speech

1:30 pm
Work in progress
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Work in progress
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Work in progress
Various coaches. Presentation preparation.

12:30 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:45 pm
Final Pitch (5 min) session

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Award cerimony

6:00 pm
Go Home!


Nicola Mattina
Digital explorer, cofounder of Stamplay

Founder of @Stamplay. 20 years experience as consultant and 15 as entrepreneur. Always worked for big corporations. Director of the @Founder Institute in Rome.

Lorenzo Benussi
Advisor on Digital and Innovation Policy @ TOP-IX Consortium

Lorenzo Benussi, Laurea Magistrale in Communication Sciences and PhD in Economics of Innovation is advisor for digital policy at the TOP-IX Consortium where he develops projects and policies to support digital innovation. He was advisor of the Italian Minister of Education and Research and member of task forces to promote online engagement and e-participation of the Ministry of Reforms and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also fellow of the NEXA Centre for Internet and Society at the Polytechnic of Turin. Lorenzo is member of the task force for Innovation and Digital Agenda of Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri. His main interest, both as professional and researcher, is the evolution of innovation models due to the pervasive diffusion of digital networks.

Luca Silvestri
Engineer, Founder&CEO @Ecogriddy

Luca Silvestri is an engineer, a coder and an entrepreneur, founder and co-founder of several startups (Ecogriddy, Uma). He graduated in Civil Engineering, worked as a freelance for more than 10 years and started his first cleantech startup Ecogriddy following his technical background and his passion for innovation and ICT. Ecogriddy was incubated at Progetto Manifattura and has been one of the finalist at EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge, a competition than spawned across 28 EU countries and involved almost 800 different proposals. At Ecogriddy, Luca is CEO and software developer, leading a team of 5 passionate and skilled people, with competencies that spawns from engineering, to design, finance and communication.

Event Judges

Christian Lechner
Full Professor in Entrepreneurship

As a professor in entrepreneurship I have been teaching entrepreneurs how to evaluate opportunities and how to develop strategies for new ventures. I accompanied several start-ups and co-created firms. I am evaluating business plans and start-up ideas continuously through various programs and events. I like to share my experience with the participants of the startup weekend.

Flaviano Zandonai
Researcher @ Euricse, Director @ Iris Network

I am a sociologist and work in the field of non-profit organizations. Many people think these organizations are not businesses, but it is not true (or well, not entirely true). A part of the non-profit sector has created a new enterprise model - the social enterprise - that is spreading in different markets and with different business models. It will be from this point of view - general interest, common goods, social impact - that I will evaluate the proposals at the startup weekend.

Florian Kirschenhofer
Start-up & Portfolio-Manager @ Max-Planck-Innovation

He studied Business Administrative at the University of Regensburg and passed the MBA program of Murray State University/KY. After graduation he founded a Biotech Start-up in Regensburg as a co-founder. In 2001 he left the company and switched to Ford of Europe, where he worked for the controlling and the pricing departments. From 2003 to 2006 he tought Entrepreneurship und strategic Management as an Assitant Professor at ESC Toulouse. After returning from France he consulted small firms as a freelancer. In autumn 2007 he finished his PhD about Factors which influence the long-term success of habitual Entrepreneurs at the University of Regensburg. He is now is employed at the Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH as a Start-up Manager. He is now employed at the Max-Planck Gesellschaft where he screens entrepreneurial opportunities and supports spin-offs. 

Francesco Lato
Talent Investor

Venture Advisor and Angel Investor in over 25 startups, CEO of Wonder Talent Investor (in South Tyrol), member of the Investment Committee of Angels for Innovation A4I (in Milan), and Co-Founder of Talent Garden (in Genoa), the campus of TAG, the biggest european coworking network. Graduate at Milan University and Master in Multimedia Communication. Former executive in Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson) and Wella (Procter & Gamble)

Coaches and Mentors

Paolo Giudici
Full Professor in Law and Economics

I teach Industrial Law in the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and I am willing to share with the participants my expertise on Intellectual Property Right management.
I teach Banking and Industrial Law in the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and I am willing to share with the participants my expertise on business law and intellectual property.

Vittorino Filippas
Entrepreneur, Advisor, Lecturer, Start Up Mentor

I spent my first 20 working years growing in the ranks of two major manufacturing companies up to top managerial level. Since 2004 I am an entrepreneur specialized in Company restructuring and international re-launch. I complement my entrepreneurial activities teaching in four hands-on courses on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Trento, Departments of Economics & Management, Informatics &Telecommunications and Sociology. I am mentor at Tech Peaks and Progetto Manifattura in Trento and Confcooperative/Koinon in Brescia. I can add value to startuppers in business sense, business modeling, validation and go-to-market strategies.

Xiafoeng Wang
Assistant Professor

I will be offering my experience as an educator and researcher on different challenges and issues early stage entrepreneurial teams encounter and what are the solutions and mitigation strategies they could use to survive. I am knowledgeable with Lean Startup approach and different kinds of supporting tools that entrepreneurial teams can use to tackle different issues including product prototyping, customer discovery, project management, etc.

Lorenzo Cassulo
Regional Manager @ XPeppers, Entrepreneur, Radio Host,

During his professional activity as a Project Manager and Business Developer, he managed different kind of IT projects, dealing with customer relationship, networking activity and project schedules.
As consultant he is specialized in operations, project management and delivery, he has managed projects with budget from 15k to 100k euros.
His focus is innovation, social media and semantic technology.
With his consultancy work has travel in Europe and in United States.
With his company “15multimedia” he worked since 2007 for many different brands and IT companies, he developed social media marketing plans, communication plans, and brand images. Actually he is Regional Manager for XPeppers, he is managing the Trento branch company's day-by-day activity and the whole projects life cycle, from pre-sales to delivery, working on e-commerce and semantic web related projects and using Agile Methodologies to organize the technical team (from 2 to 5 persons). Specializations: project management, product management, innovation, start-ups, communication, teaching, education, multimedia, marketing, social media, social innovation, lean startup methodology

Fiamma Degli Innocenti

Fiamma Degl’Innocenti: born in Florence, after graduating in Development Economics with a thesis on Microcredit and Social Lending, she moved to Bangladesh to dig deeper into the microcredit and world by working at the Yunus Centre of Dhaka within the Social Business Department. She later went back to Italy and started a new working experience in Smartika, the first Italian social lending company, as a community manager and credit analyst. In the past two years the interest she gained in crowdfunding and sharing economy took her to giving speeches at Social Business Day 2013 (Pistoia), BTO 2013 (Florence) and Sharitaly (Milan). She has now been working in Make a Cube since February, were she shortlists incoming projects and supports the growth of launching businesses.

Carlo Pasquini
CEO & Founder @ skipassgo and @

Former financial analyst in multiple industries such as marketing, luxury, fashion, internet and professional volleyball player with passion for sports and wellbeing. Currently CEO & Founder of the e-marketing platform that brings dynamic pricing into the ski industry. He has skills in online marketing, e-commerce, business development, tourism sector, online advertising.

Paolo Campagnano
Co-founder @ The Hub Rovereto, Project Lead @ Confcooperative Italia

Social entrepreneur, passionate about innovation and music. Anthropologist, Co-founder @hubrovereto, member of @oopgiovani. Based between Trentino and Milan. 

Pinar Kilickiran
Consultant @ Center for Academic Spin-Offs Tyrol

Pinar Kilickiran has a PhD in Chemistry and has worked many years as leader of R&D projects and teams in a big corporation. Currently she is acting as a start-up consultant and patent advisor at the Center for Academical Spin Offs-Tyrol (CAST). CAST is the business start-up center of the universities, technical colleges and non-academic research institutes of Tyrol, Austria. CAST´s main task is to stimulate technology-oriented business start-ups from the above facilities, providing intensive consultancy, coaching and backing along the way.

Carmine Giardino
Co-founder @, Ph.D scholar in Computer Science

Software engineer graduated at the BTH University (Karlskrona, Sweden) and  Free University (Bozen, Italy) applied to the EMSE program. I was previously graduated at the University of Salerno at the faculty of Computer Science. My research interests are primarily in the fields  of web and mobile development, software management, image processing, biometrics, music sounds.

Laura Orestano
Social Innovation Director and Strategist @ SocialFare

Laura Orestano is Director of SocialFare, the very first center for social innovation established in Italy and based in Torino.  She has extensive experience in convergence innovation, social entrepreneurship and social design. Her skills range from change management and social branding to business development and open innovation. Laura has founded to-date more than  7 different start ups and worked for large corporations in the automotive, food and entertainment/digital sector as well as served as university professor in Italy, UK and USA. One of her projects was the very first Italian finalist in the first edition of the European Social Innovation Competition. Laura believes in the strength of communities to co-create new solutions to the main societal challenges while building new entrepreneurial models and ventures.

Roberto Leonardi
President @ Foundation for the Development of the Third Sector

My first experience in the world of social cooperation dates back to 1985 as an animator in the community centers for minors.
In 1994 I became President of the Cooperative Il Borgo and in 1997 I promote the establishment of the Consortium of social cooperatives ABN where I serve currently as President.
I am expert in the field of renewable energy, and I can hel evaluating their added value in terms of Social, Economic, Environmental value. , to the need for empowerment of coop sector public; since the sector enhances the vocation of the social economy (the concept of relation, reciprocity, a gift).
I've been a consultant and coach for many start-ups operating in the field of solar thermal energy along with ENEA and the Ministry of Environment.

Maurizio Napolitano
Head of Unit of Digital Commons Lab @ FBK

Maurizio Napolitano is a technologist at FBK - Centre for Information Technology.
His interest is in the study of the processes of creation of collective knowledge as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the open source community with particular attention to geographical information.
He is strongly involved with the community related to the open knowledge topic.
For this reason he represents the Open Knowledge Foundation in Italy and president of the Italian Linux Society

Jovan Stevovic
CEO & Co-founder @ Chino

Researcher and innovator, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Trento on privacy and data management topic. He has also a three year industrial experience in the healthcare sector. Recently funded Chino, a service that provides safe and regulatory compliant data storage for mobile health applications, giving to application developers the opportunity to focus on their users' needs. 
His passion for entrepreneurship is also due to the participation to events and courses such as Startup Weekend, InnovactionLab and other related conferences and competitions.

Fabio Valente
serial entrepreneur, consultant in digital media, founder @ Altridea & @ Vite Speciali

Digital media and web marketing consultant for major Italian media companies (RCS Mediagroup, Mondadori, Virgilio)  with first hand experience in social venturing (Altridea, Familydea, Vite Speciali). Skills in strategy, marketing, advertising, media communication, social innovation.

Ivan Favalezza
Designer, Founder @Tactac

Ivan Favalezza is a Multiform and a minimal designer. He loves typography and interactive environments. 
He is founder @Quoota & Uma and lead designer @Ecogriddy. 
He was also  at@TechPeaks Batch #1. 
Member of Aiap, he has worked with some of the best designers in Italy, for museums, cultural associations and publishers.

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Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.

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